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      THIS IS A SITE FOR ARTISTS, NOT CLIENTS (Please read before posting)   04/18/2018

      I'm seeing a lot more questions from people who are looking to get tattoos, asking about ideas, healing instructions, etc. These are questions you should ask YOUR  LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST, not random people on the internet. This site is specifically for tattoo artists and those looking to get into the trade by way of an apprenticeship. Don't be shy! Google local artists and drop by a shop or two, check out their portfolio of work and talk about your ideas with a professional who can help you achieve the best tattoo experience. 

       Thanks for reading!


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  1. Main concern with "scratchers" is their lack of hygiene. Working out of your home doesn't necessarily define you as a scratcher. Being a slob does. Cold calling for apprenticeships is never received well (unless you happen upon someone who churns out shitty apprenticeships for a lot of money). Approaching the tattooer that does most of your work's usually a good way to go. I never did an apprenticeship. I just researched the process and equipment; practiced on myself a LOT; took a blood born pathogens/cross contamination prevention course - then applied what I learned through that with extreme overkill; then found some friends who volunteered for my first tattoos with a full understanding that I was without experience. I was also acquainted with a few tattooers who considered me to be a competent artist and didn't mind giving me advice (also knowing full well that I was tattooing on my own). After a few years of that, I started tattooing out of a shop. If you have a portfolio of good tattoos, you can pretty much bypass the apprenticeship stage. That being said: learning on your own is a very slow learning process. I'd have much rather been in a shop learning to tattoo.
  2. Help me figure out what this is

    stylized chrysanthemum
  3. Airbrush

  4. Tattoo critique please

    Overall, not a bad start; just has room for refinement. There's a few places where the shading doesn't meet a line. Could use more shading going around the side of the skull to give it more form. And the one piston needs to be darker to separate it from the skull. I have a hang up about illustrated objects have to be able to exist in three dimensions. To that end, those pistons couldn't really be set into the eye sockets at that angle. BUT, I've seen a lot of great tattoos whose imagery defies perspective; so my personal hang up may be to my disadvantage.
  5. Tattoo moisturizer

    nope and nope. Once its healed, any moisturizer will make the outer layer of skin more translucent; making the tattoo seem brighter. Sunlight will fade a tattoo. Age will soften its edges. "Daily Ink Sealer" is about as much bullshit that can be packed into three words.
  6. Maybe post a link to the image on another site. Too small to see.
  7. There's other tattoo forums out there? I thought we were the last group of douchebags on the last ghost town of an antiquated discussion format!! We're douchebags basically of r the sake of amusing each other; and to see who's either got thin skin or a knack for the snake comeback. (You're getting picked on for not introducing yourself prior to asking equipment questions). If you've been using a Stealth - or anything from WWTS, for that matter - almost anything's going to be an upgrade. I've been using John Clark's magnetic rotaries for a couple years now. Dan Kubin's machines are great, as well. Getting machines from both of these guys can be like winning the lottery, though, as they're hand made in small batches that sell out almost immediately.
  8. Pretty much anyone who can put ink in the skin.
  9. Is my tattoo infected l

    Could be an ingrown hair or clogged pore. Wouldn't hurt to go to a doctor, as I am definitely not one and am just guessing.
  10. Does Numbing Cream Effect The Skin?

  11. Fever?

    You let him start on a tattoo design you weren't satisfied with. Never heard of anyone getting a fever without some kind of infection. Or, do you just assume you have a fever because you have the chills. Feeling cold after a session is normal. So is exhaustion. It's a response to stress.
  12. That'll be $25, thank you. I take Paypal.... or you could just give all of your credit card info ..... and your SS#.
  13. Or, put a tree line reflection at the shoreline. Center it on the tattoo - not on the shoreline - and it'll even out the proportions of the mountain and its reflection. After that, if anyone's examining the mountain/reflection line for line, well then they're standing too fucking close.
  14. Ultimately, it's an easy cover up if you just want to start over. Get this tattoo done exactly the way you want it elsewhere, and cover this one with something different. Or, just leave it be. You'll be amazed how easy it is to get used to an imperfect tattoo (especially when you get more)